When all is withered and torn
And all has perished and fallen
These great wooden doors shall remain closed. . .

When the heart is a grave filled with blood
And the soul is a cold and haunted shell of lost hope
When the voice of pride has been silenced
And dignity's fires are but cinders
. . .their grandeur shall remain untainted

It is this grandeur that protects the spirit within
From the plight of this broken world, from the wounds in her song
I wish to die with my will and spirit intact
The will that inspired me to write these words
Seek not the fallen to unlock these wooden doors

Lyrics submitted by Disposition_987, edited by evenless

I Am The Wooden Doors song meanings
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  • +5
    General Comment

    I'm not entirely sure what is going on in this song lyrically, but it seems like the singer is calling himself the wooden doors because he wants to be the last vestige of a simpler, more nature-oriented way of life. He wants to close himself off from excessive material influence and try as hard as he can to live a life that is devoid of the trappings of modern capitalism. He wants to be a great protector and lover of nature and oppose meaningless development.

    'Seek not the fallen to unlock these wooden doors'--Again, this assessment may be too simplistic, but it sounds like it suggests that Haughm wants to distance himself from those who have fallen to vice, greed, and the rape of the earth. He doesn't want them close to him or the great sanctity of the natural environment. It's as if their very presence could somehow pollute it.

    Of course wooden doors are commonplace in material society, but much of Agalloch's imagery is associated with wood. Indeed their very name means a type of wood resin that comes out of trees.

    Ambivuouson August 07, 2011   Link
  • +5
    General Comment

    even when all has been stripped away from a man, he still holds his integrity; it cannot be taken from you.

    0sseuson August 20, 2011   Link
  • +1
    My Opinion

    This song, unlike most of the others from the album The Mantle, has a glimmer of hope. I've been listening to it when I face difficulties and it is good to remind myself that no matter how bad things are, there's still a grandeur deep inside that remains untainted. There are hidden forces that can make you succeed.

    Anyway, to me the lyrics in this song are ingenius, the metaphors are beautiful and very impressive. The lyric work in this song and "..And The Great Cold Death Of The Earth" are the best in the album. However, when I say the best, I don't place the others much below. All of them are unique and I consider them masterpieces.

    When the wooden doors are mentioned, It seems to me that they are metaphorically the will and the spirit, as it is said in the ending. We must not seek the people who are lost in despair to release this good-natured spirit and to make sure the will that keeps you moving on doesn't perish and vanish. The tone in this song not happy at all, but this the song that struck me as the most motivational I've listened to.

    EugenioTMon June 26, 2013   Link
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    General Comment

    The meaning of the song is quite easy to understand in multiple ways: even when your humanity is fading away, there's a place deep inside you that will protects your wills, your integrity, and help you make it through every difficult moment. I just wanted to add that the "wooden doors" are calling again a natural element, the wood, and the whole album rotates around this concept, like it's said in "In The Shadow of Our Pale Companion". Thus, the song reconnets with the opening tracks in multiple ways: the man wants to die with honour and pride preserved.

    Apc10on December 13, 2013   Link
  • -1
    General Comment

    No one can top the 1st 4 seconds of this song

    corerulezon November 11, 2010   Link

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